Police Abuse

Man Says Police Beat Him During Traffic Stop

Forced him to sign a statement saying he'd fled the cops


CHARLESTON – A Fayette County man is alleging he was brutalized by police following a traffic stop in Roane County late last year.

 The West Virginia State Police and the Roane County Commission are named as co-defendants in lawsuit filed by Edward A. Fields in Kanawha Circuit Court.  In his complaint filed Oct. 29, Fields, 32, of Smithers, alleges at least one trooper and two deputy sheriffs without provocation twice beat him into unconsciousness in December after stopping him,\ and a friend while traveling to Jackson County.